A Florida lawmaker is trying to completely ban greyhound racing in Florida

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A Florida lawmaker has a plan to stop greyhound racing.

Republican Senator Tom Lee, along with former State Senate President Don Gaetz, have filed a constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in Florida. Lee's proposal would see the controversial spectator-sport phased out over the next 3 years, and banned entirely by July 21 2021.
"Most greyhounds live in cruel and inhumane conditions…confined in metal cages that are barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around for 20+ hours per day," said Lee, on Twitter. "We wouldn't treat our own dogs this way and greyhounds deserve better."



While lawmakers have previously tried to pass a ban on greyhound racing - Gaetz himself has twice filed for similar legislation - none have gone the route of an amendment.

Lee claims industry lobbyists have prevented past attempts at legislative reforms, but a constitutional amendment would put the matter directly to Florida voters, where he hopes it can pass successfully.



Speaking to The Daytona Beach News Journal, Jack Cory, a representative of the Florida Greyhound Association, said otherwise. "The proposal is bad for Florida, bad for the greyhounds and not something that that should be in the constitution." The Florida Greyhound Association states that over half of North America's Greyhound races take place in Florida.
Of the Sunshine State's 13 racing tracks, Orlando's own Sanford Orlando Kennel Club would be among those affected by the amendment. As The Orlando Weekly previously reported, 35 greyhound dogs died at the Sanford club between 2013 and 2016.

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